Summer may seem like the season of the outdoors, but it’s also the time of the year when we consume the most energy indoors. Think about it: fans and A/C units are constantly abuzz; late nights outside mean more outdoor lights on; and in general, we’re just doing more, which can equal higher energy bills at the end of the month. But it doesn’t have to be this way!

In fact, there are several key ways to help cut down your energy use this summer. Here’s what to know:

Switch to energy-saving lights: 

If you’re going to leave the lights on for a late-night family cookout or bonfire, make sure you swap the tradicional bulbs out for greener models, like CFLs and LEDs. Lights make up 10% of our household costs, and while the upfront capital may be more, these bulbs are sure to save you big in the long term.

Install an eco-friendly A/C:

Your A/Cs are sure to drive up costs in a huge way, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using the latest, greenest A/Cs on the market. Look for the EnergyStar label and others with smart thermostat attached. The crucial thing here is to inspect or simply ditch the old models, which are incredibly inefficient and can lead to a much bigger price tag.

Close your blinds:

This tip is easy to forget, but vital. Keep your blinds, curtains and shades closed during the day when the sun is hottest and brightest. When heat and light enters your home through windows and doors, it forces your air conditioner to work harder. 

Seal your home:

This is our biggest recommendations. 8 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under insulated, leading to wasted money on utility bills. Most homeowners think insulation is only something that keeps the home warm and cozy in the winter because it helps keep the heat from escaping. However, insulation also keeps a home cool in the summer by helping keep the cool air in and the heat and humidity out. Adding insulation is the biggest impact you can make to lower your energy bills year-round. 

When insulating your home, you can choose from many types of insulation.
To choose the best one, you should first determine where you want to install it and the recommended R-values for the areas you want to insulate.

Ready to evaluate your home’s insulation? Call 781-598-7125!

With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way for a cost-effective, eco-friendly summer.